Day 23: FREEDOM

Day 23: FREEDOM

For most of my 30 years, I have taken my freedom for granted. I was “proud to be American,” but I never truly understood what freedoms I was afforded due to my nationality.    Traveling has opened my eyes wide to the injustices in this world. It has also opened...
Day 24: FAILURE

Day 24: FAILURE

I have failed many times in my life. But I am not a failure. Just as I have done many intelligent things in my life, but I am working to decouple my identity as someone “intelligent.” Why? For me it breeds laziness, it feeds my ego, and it also causes despair when I...
Day 25: VULNERABILITY

Day 25: VULNERABILITY

I was afraid to let people in. I was afraid of being judged. In all honesty, I still fight this battle of being closed off versus forcing myself to be open and vulnerable with the world.   Vulnerability to me has always meant discomfort. I didn’t want to be rejected...
Day 26: DEFINING SUCCESS

Day 26: DEFINING SUCCESS

I used to define success almost entirely by career status. “I will be successful when I am working in my field, well-respected, well-paid, etc.” It was about status, earning potential, and academic honors for me. I found that once you are no longer “on top,” you...
Day 27: MENTAL HEALTH

Day 27: MENTAL HEALTH

I used to take my mental health for granted, until it wasn’t in such great shape. I think often we take things for granted until they are gone.    It wasn’t that my happiness just all of a sudden disappeared one day. I was generally quite a happy kid, but over...

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